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Sep 2014

Caring for two million collection items

Stewart Shannon reveals some of the tricks and secrets that the Collection Management team use to keep the NFSA collection safe.

By Stewart Shannon / 22 Sep 2014
Object

Australian style

Watch three amateur films from the 1950s and 60s on the theme of 'fashion’.

By Tara Marynowsky / 15 Sep 2014
Film

Donation of rare disc

The first known Australian to make a commercially released recording, the long forgotten Syria Lamonte, is now preserved by the NFSA thanks to the kind donation of an 1898 recording acquired by Roger Neill.

By Tamara Osicka / 15 Sep 2014
Object
Sound
Aug 2014

Baz Luhrmann's 'lost' project

Film historian and writer Jeannette Delamoir uncovers the truth behind 'Crocodile Creek', a community musical that unfolds amidst the 1867 anti-Chinese riots at the Crocodile Creek goldfield.

By Jeannette Delamoir / 6 Aug 2014
Sound
Jul 2014

Do Frenchmen play Cricket?

Film curator Sally Jackson investigates the makers of the world's first cricket films, shot in Australia in 1897.

By Sally Jackson / 3 Jul 2014
Film
Photographs
Jun 2014

Rare AFL footage released

The NFSA has released rare footage of one of Australian Rules football’s greatest players, Essendon forward John Coleman. Film curator Simon Smith made the discovery.

By Simon Smith / 6 Jun 2014
Film

Performance review

Dr Jennifer Gall, Manager Research Programs, introduces Anna Haebich and her work profiling the NFSA's holdings relating to Aboriginal performing arts in Western Australia.

By Jenny Gall / 4 Jun 2014
May 2014

Ernest Singer home movies

In partnership with the St Kilda Film Festival, the NFSA presents six of Ernest Singer’s 16mm home movies from the 1950s, projected on the big screen for the very first time.

By Simon Smith / 21 May 2014
Film

West Australian Aboriginal Performing Arts

Anna Haebich, a John Curtin Distinguished Professor at Curtin University in Perth, showcases West Australian Aboriginal performing arts and the plays, music, dance and festivals in the NFSA collection.

By Anna Haebich / 20 May 2014
Film
Posters
Sound
Feb 2014

Lottie Lyell or Louise Lovely?

Library Officer Kerryn Poynter helped a client discover the identity of a silent-era actress she saw ... on the wall of a Tasmanian pub.

By Kerryn Poynter / 25 Feb 2014
Film